If Memorial Day is the exciting kickoff to summer, Labor Day is often seen as its bittersweet close. As you prepare to fire up the grill this year, take a few minutes to read about the numbers behind this national holiday.
First: week of September on which Labor Day always falls; it was chosen because it provides a nice bridge between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving .
1894: the year President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official national holiday.
7: years earlier, in 1887, when Oregon kicked off the trend by becoming the first state to recognize it as a holiday. New York might get the original credit, though, since they held a parade in 1882, the first of its kind.
12: hours in the average work day in the 1800s, when Labor Day was developed. People also generally worked 7 days a week. They started younger, too: before labor reforms, children as young as 5 or 6 were put to work in factories, on farms, and in other places.
1916: the year that the Adamson Act was passed, on September 3rd, to mandate an eight-hour work day.
The average adult working full-time today puts in a 47 hour work week. Around 36% of them admit to frequently checking emails outside of work hours.
Studies show that most American workers leave for work between the (oddly specific) times of 7:00 and 7:29 AM.
Around 35 million Americans hit the road — or the sky — to travel on Labor Day every year either to take advantage of the long weekend or to get to a celebration. It’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the summer every year.
Labor Day is one of the top 3 grilling holidays of the year; the other two, as you might expect, are the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.
Whether you spend it grilling or packing up your white clothes, have a happy, safe Labor Day!